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Discussion in 'GSSF' started by Scooter921, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Scooter921

    Scooter921

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    Does anyone have any idea were i can get a plate rack like used in the matches, looked at action target but it doesnt look the same. Any info would be great need one so we can set it up and practice,

    THANKS AGAIN
     
  2. PettyOfficer

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    I think the annual Vol 1 mentions the target vendors.
     

  3. cookselk

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    If anyones close to Kirksville MO I have a friend with 3 new never used MGM plate racks (the $1766 one) for $1200 each. A great deal.
     
  5. cookselk

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    I've seen plate racks with 14" and 20" spacing. I'm guessing that in Hallsville since it is the home of the Bianchi matches it's 20" but what is the predominate spacing for other GSSF matches? How about in my neck of the woods, Grand Island, St. Paul, Sioux Falls, Greeley, Milwaukee?

    Do you think the spacing difference affects times? If so by how much?
     
  6. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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    Glock plate racks have a 12” spacing.
    At least for me I’m faster with the 12” spacing.
     
  7. cookselk

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    Ooops, my bad, I mean plates on 14" and 20" centers. I think we're talking the same thing. 12" between two 8" plates would put them on 20" centers.
     
  8. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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    8" plates on 12" centers.

    So there is 4” between plates. They make them that way so they would fit in the bed of the truck. They did that so they do not have to haul the trailer to some matches.
     
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  9. atyszka

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    Are you looking for an actual rack for an event or an economical 8" plate set up for practice?
     
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    where looking for either or for practice
     
  11. atyszka

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    Good economical solution for practice is 6 8" steel plates from shootsteel.com on 6 shepherd hooks. Total investment of about $240 and while they don't fall down there's no doubt when/if you hit them.


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    I use a set of six 8 inch knock overs I got from Quality Targets. Add a sawhorse and you're good to go. A 6 plate set costs less than $95 including shipping. Or you could just spend a little and join a gun club that has a plate rack. Just my two cents. :)
     
  13. Lawman223

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    You're going to find that plate racks at GSSF have more to do with what the club has than any specific spacing listed in the rule book. I've been to GSSF matches where different bays have different spacing. Plate racks are expensive and GSSF doesn't buy them. They are at the mercy of the host club on that.

    My club runs MGM racks, the one down the road a mixture of Action Target and R&R targets. I've seen home made racks and even 6" plates (that really sucks with MajorSub). Get a rack that will hold up and practice (MGM Targets is the best, period). The spacing is not that big of a deal.

    If you're really concerned about spacing Secure Firearms Product makes a practice rack. Basically a bar with 6 plates on it that are moveable but don't fall down. Kind of hard to describe but it's a pretty cool set up. Lets you change spacing and still break it down to transport too and from the range. The plates don't fall though. Cool for practice but wouldn't work for a match.
     
  14. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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    GSSF have plate racks and pepper poppers. They just are not going to drive across the U.S. with them.
    The question was what spacing does GSSF have. And those are 12” of center.
     
  15. SARDG

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    Likely true in the great northwest - but GSSF brings plate racks (if required) to all the matches that they can drive to (largely in the southeast.)

    The OP didn't post his location, so...
     
  16. Lawman223

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    Does anyone have any idea were i can get a plate rack like used in the matches, looked at action target but it doesnt look the same. Any info would be great need one so we can set it up and practice,

    This is the original question. Could you show me where he referred the the equipment that Glock brings to GSSF matches? I'm well aware GSSF has their own equipment. But the majority of the country is not in GSSF driving distance.
     
  17. unclebob

    unclebob DFC, MSM, 13 Air Medals.

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    Can you show me where he is from? He kind of implies what does GSSF use and that is 12” or he can get 14” and 20” spacing. If he wants something in the middle get the 14” spacing.
     
  18. cookselk

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    I built one similar to what you are describing, this is an old picture but you will get the idea. I used 2x4's in the original version and 3 "H" stands to support the plates from U bolts. The latest version uses a 10' 2x2 steel bar cut in 3 which has oak tenons in the middle one. They slide together and I can fit the whole thing into the trunk of my VW Jetta.

    I had 3 poppers cut which are cut off just below the circle, I figure I shouldn't see that part of the popper anyway when I'm looking over my sights and its that much lighter. Each of the poppers has a hole cut in the head area and I hang them on the same vertical 2x4's used to support the plate rack.

    As for target stands, all I use is lath, 2 6" pieces of 1 1/4" 160 psi PVC and 2 12" spikes with a D-1 target stapled to each set up. With all this I can keep everything I need to set up any of the 3 stages in the trunk of my car and still have room for my shooting bag. I do leave the poppers in the garage until I plan to use them to keep from looking at the sky while I'm driving. Just kidding my car still runs pretty level.

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    I have no idea where he's from. I also don't get where he implies anything about the specific racks GSSF uses as opposed to racks used at GSSF matches. He may very well mean that, I don't know. But thank you for reminding me why I don't post here often.
     
  20. G21H30

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    My son who is a welder built this plate rack for me. The base or center section is 4x4 heavy wall tubing that fastens in the middle with 2- 3/8" bolts and 2- alignment studs. The legs also fasten with 2- 3/8" bolts welded to the end of the 4x4 tube. The reset bars fasten via 5/16" quick pin clips,and the plates via Grade 9 5/16" bolts and nylock nuts. Plates reset with a 35' coated garage door cable.Plates are adjustable via 5/16" carriage bolts that are protected by horizontal angle iron to deflect low bullet strikes. While not light weight the whole rack disassembles into six pieces plus the plates and is easily transportable in my pick up.It has held up for the past eight years with the exception of having to replace the plate bolts and plate adjustment bolts due to shock and bullet splatter. I have also shot the cable in to a few times as well.Plates are 3/8" mild steel and stand up to most handgun rounds used in GSSF matches.Cost for materials was $425 eight years ago.

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